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The CSO is pleased to announce One City, One Symphony 2013

Music brings people together. This was never more true than when the CSO embarked on the inaugural One City, One Symphony program this past year, capturing the imagination of thousands from throughout the region through listening parties, concerts, live video feeds, digital downloads, and radio and television broadcasts. People used words like “soaring,” “uplifting,” “joyful,” “intense” and “fascinating” to describe their One City, One Symphony experience.

The CSO is proud to again present One City, One Symphony in the fall of 2013, this time exploring love, fate and redemption in the dramatically vivid Symphony No. 4 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a timeless, lushly romantic musical tapestry riddled with raw emotion, and a beautiful but nearly forgotten work based on the Psalms of David by Tchaikovsky’s musical idol, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We’ll discover or rediscover these masterpieces together as a community, building upon our understanding of the music through a remarkable shared experience. Nov 14 & 16


Digital Downloads  

As a gift to the community, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is pleased to release the live recording from the November 15, 17-18 concerts, available as a free download via the links below. The downloads, which include all four movements of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as well as Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, feature Music Director Designate Louis Langrée conducting the Orchestra, the mighty May Festival Chorus and soloists Twyla Robinson, Kelley O’Connor, Dimitri Pittas, Morris Robinson and Brad Jungwirth.

These downloads have been made possible by the CSO’s partnership with 90.9 WGUC, one of dozens of community partners for “One City, One Symphony.” The recordings were produced by Elaine Martone and and engineered by Chelsea VandeDrink, WGUC Mastering and Production Engineer.

Schoenberg: A Survivor From Warsaw (12 MB)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Mvt. 1  (26 MB)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Mvt. 2  (23 MB)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Mvt. 3 (23 MB)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Mvt. 4, "Ode to Joy"  (42 MB)
Entire Program (125 MB)
These files are usable in any device of your choosing capable of playing MP3 files.
Video co-produced by CET and the CSO

With One City, One Symphony, the CSO is bringing the community together through music.  In the 2012-13 season we hosted a dozen listening parties in neighborhoods throughout the region and partnered with a diverse array of community organizations. We welcomed 8,279 people to our November 15, 17 and 18 concerts at Music Hall, and many, many more through the November 17 live video feed to 14 different locations.

Though the spectacular concerts featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and its iconic “Ode to Joy” finale, paired with Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, with the May Festival Chorus and Music Director Designate Louis Langrée have passed, the community connectedness and dialogue have only just begun.


In addition to the free download now available (see above), the CSO partnered with CET for a local broadcast of the concert. The concert aired seven times on CET Arts during the month of May. Be sure to check back here often for the latest updates, and in the meantime, you may download some of our digital resources, post a question, review or photo to our forum, or even make your own “Ode to Joy” video and help continue the discussion in your neighborhood.

  What others are saying:    
  Read the full Enquirer review.    
  Read the full Music in Cincinnati review.    
  “It was amazing!” —Brendon, on Facebook    
  “Incredible. Utterly moving.” —Aaron, on Facebook    
  "Tonight's @CincySymphony performance of Beethoven 9... Amazing. Think I had goosebumps for entirety of 'Ode to Joy.'" —Amy, on Twitter    
  "Highly recommended — The May Festival chorus sounded amazing last night and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra played with incredible passion. Go!" —Rebecca, on Facebook    
  “It was indeed amazing. Bravo!” —Kevin, on Facebook    
  Community Videos  
  SCPA's Mayerson Brass 6th-7th Grade Concert Band One City One Symphony Listening Party Impromptu "Ode to Joy"  
  Listening Party Discussion Guide  
  Beethoven 9 Concert Program Notes  
  Excerpt: Beethoven: Symphony No. 9  
  Excerpt: Schoenberg: A Survivor from Warsaw  

Full version recordings of these works are available to checkout from The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, as well as for purchase on
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Schoenberg: A Survivor from Warsaw

  Mila 18 by Leon Uris  
  The Wall by John Hersey  
  The Boy: A Holocaust Story by Dan Porat  

For more information on issues of tolerance, inclusion and social justice based on lessons learned from the Holocaust, please visit:

  Special Thanks  

Thank you for joining the CSO for their One City, One Symphony Listening Parties! Our musicians and conductors enjoyed exploring this amazing music with you from within your communities. If you would like to send feedback, please email us at The CSO is grateful to all those locations and individuals that generously hosted Listening Parties: Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, College Hill Coffee and Casual Gourmet, Awakenings Hyde Park, West Chester Public Library, Taft Museum, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Forest Hills Local Schools: Anderson High School, Xavier University, Coffee Emporium, Tim Giglio, Mayerson JCC.

The CSO also salutes and thanks the locations that presented a live video feed of the sold-out November 17 performance, allowing more people to experience the concert live: Newport on the Levee, Fountain Square, Batesville Memorial Public Library, Select Mercy Health locations, Hillspring Heathcare and Rehab, Shawneespring Healthcare Center, Villaspring of Erlanger, Mapleknoll Retirement Community, Brookwood Retirement Community, Cedar Village, The Kenwood and Twin Towers Senior Living Community.

Additional Partners

Awakenings Hyde Park   European-American Chamber of Commerce   Mayerson JCC on the Jewish Foundation Campus

The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center   Findlay Market   Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce

Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network   Forest Hills Local Schools @ Anderson High School   Taft Museum

Coffee Emporium   Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council   The School for Creative & Performing Arts

College Hill Coffee Co. & Casual Gourmet   Jewish Federation of Cincinnati   University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

CVG   Loveland High School   West Chester Public Library

Downtown Cincinnati Inc.   Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance   Xavier University

3CDC   Newport on the Levee  

Batesville Memorial Public Library

CSO Spectrum  

Joseph-Beth Booksellers

  Isaac M. Wise Temple


The Greater Cincinnati Foundation


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